Ten months after 13-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker disappeared in Greenwich, the Find Jaliek Task Force is honoring him. Kaitlyn Ross has the story.
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- "I keep hope, but that hope is dwindling day by day," said Barbara Reeley, Jaliek Rainwalker's foster grandmother.
Ten months after Jaliek's disappearance, the Find Jaliek Task Force is trying to keep his memory alive by donating children's books at the beginning of this school year. Twenty books are being given to the Guilderland Public Library and 25 will be given to Westmere Elementary School where Jaliek was a student.
Reeley said, "Jaliek was a very special child who rather than play on the computer or watch TV, a lot of times he'd curl up with a book for hours."
The library specifically requested books on adoption and foster care to educate families in the area about those options, and many were just Jaliek's favorites.
"You can see him here curled up with The Golden Compass, and he just loved to read," said Reeley.
The book donation is the latest in a string of activities dedicated to Jaliek. Last month, they celebrated what would have been his 13th birthday at the Washington County Fair.
Reeley said, "I miss Jaliek every day, and as it gets longer and longer, my heart just breaks every day, and I no longer think he's alive."
Reeley said she often finds herself referring to Jaliek in the past tense, though the investigation is still open and police are still actively looking for the 13-year-old.
"It's been worked five days a week by New York State Police, Greenwich police," said Reeley.
Just last week, dive teams were searching in Watervliet and South Troy.